The Best Places for Afternoon Tea in Manchester

Tea and Cake | © Kaboompics
Tea and Cake | © Kaboompics
Photo of Emma Lavelle
29 March 2017

Is there anything more quintessentially English than afternoon tea? Finger sandwiches, scones and elegant cakes enjoyed with cups of tea or glasses of Prosecco – who isn’t drooling reading those words? Shake off any misconceptions that this traditional pastime is just for the elderly or wealthy and book yourself a decadent afternoon of tea and cake in one of these top Manchester locations.

Richmond Tea Rooms

Tea Room, Tea , Coffee, British, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
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The most kitsch tea rooms in Manchester, Richmond sits in the heart of the Gay Village offering an Alice in Wonderland theme that is incredibly popular for birthdays or hen parties. Minimalists probably won’t appreciate the décor, but anyone with a penchant for quirky interiors and Lewis Carroll stories will instantly fall in love. Expect a feast fit for the Mad Hatter with plenty of colourful cakes and pastries accompanying scones and sandwiches. There are several options to choose from, but we recommend having a glass of bubbly along with your tea.


Restaurant, Asian, Australian, Sushi, Fusion, Vegetarian, $$$
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Enjoy high tea with a difference in elegant restaurant Australasia’s luxurious bar. Located in Spinningfields, this is one of Manchester’s most decadent eateries, attracting a glamorous clientele. Their afternoon tea is inspired by the ingredients and flavours of the Pacific Rim, beginning with a selection of sushi and salads accompanied by a glass of Champagne. The second wave presents three tiers of delicious desserts and a choice of loose leaf or flowering tea. This is a great option for those who want to try something a little different.

Cloud 23

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Contemporary
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Cloud 23 Manchester | © Cloud 23

Enjoy your afternoon tea with unparalleled views of Manchester at Cloud 23 in the Beetham Tower. You won’t find unappetising egg sandwiches here, rather a gourmet selection of wraps, tarts and open sandwiches alongside a variety of delicious desserts and top quality scones. If you fancy something light, simply opt for a classic cream tea, but we highly recommend splashing out for their speciality afternoon tea which comes with either a glass of Champagne or a signature cocktail.


Restaurant, British, Dessert, Pastries, $$$
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Located on Stevenson Square, Rosylee is famed throughout the Northern Quarter for its indulgent afternoon teas. Although their sandwiches are tasty, it’s the desserts that really stand out with a staggering selection of miniature cakes and pastries that will make you salivate. Opt for the Royal Afternoon Tea to start the experience with a glass of bubbly and end with sumptuous chocolate dipped strawberries.

The Midland

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If you’re looking for a traditional afternoon tea in grand surroundings then The Midland is the place to go. High tea is served in the glamorous Octagon Lounge and dressing up is highly encouraged. Table service is extremely attentive and the staff are more than willing to bend over backwards to accommodate any dietary requirements. Delicate finger sandwiches, tasty scones and a variety of delicious cakes are accompanied by a staggering array of private blend and loose leaf teas. Add on a glass of fizz for pure luxury.

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Cocoa Cabana

Bakery, Patisserie, Dessert Shop, Contemporary, Bangladeshi, British, Pastries, Dessert, Fast Food
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Chocoholics won’t have to think twice before booking an afternoon tea at West Didsbury’s popular chocolatiers. Book in advance however, as the interior of this local chocolate shop is only tiny. Served on traditional chintzy china, you might want to pass on the sandwiches to save room for the sweets. The shop’s iconic chocolate brownies, chocolate tarts and macaroons are accompanied by scones served with salted caramel sauce and chocolate cream – perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth.

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